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Winter Storms and Hypothermia

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All sailors learn lessons at sea, and some of them are more urgent than others. Now that it's getting close to winter in the northern hemisphere, I'd like to make an important point about the dangers of hypothermia. Understanding this phenomenon and its application to sailors is one of the more important lessons for us all. I offer the following story to that end.  more...

 

 

 

 



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Competition Heats Up on Third Day of 2004 Acura SORC

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MIAMI BEACH, FL, February 28, 2004 - Acura SORC sailors completed three races on the third day of the 2004 Acura SORC, raced just off Miami Beach, with wind blowing eight-16 knots. Sunday's final races will be the deciding factors in the outcome of the 63rd edition of this winter ocean racing classic.

The top three boats in the Farr 40 class remain unchanged from Friday's action on the Acura Course. Peter De Ridder's Mean Machine of Monaco stays atop the standings with 48 points overall. John Kilroy Jr.'s Samba Pa Ti, with 57 points, overtook Jim Richardson's Barking Mad who now occupies third place with 59 points. Stuart Townsend's Virago tallied two first place finishes, advancing from 16th to fourth place in the overall standings. HM King Harald V of Norway sits in 17th place overall.  more...



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573 miles for best 24 hour run yet

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End Day 21: Strong Sailing Eastbound in Excellent Conditions

573 miles for best 24 hour run yet; avg 23.87 kts

Cheyenne pulls out 944 mile lead on 2002 RTW track

Saturday 28 February 2004 - 0510 GMT - 500 miles West of the Kerguelen Archipelkago (Fr): Steve Fossett and crew aboard the 125' maxi-catamaran Cheyenne marked the end of their 3rd full week on the Round The World Sailing Record attempt with their best 24 Hour yet - 573 miles posted at 0510 this morning, an average of nearly 24 kts.

With this excellent run, Cheyenne extended her lead over the 2002 record track of Bruno Peyron and Orange to 944 nm (measuring along the course to Cape Leeuwin waypoint) - a lead of almost 2 days over their 'ghost ship' target.    more...



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Racing stars up the class at Heineken Regatta

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Crash Test Dummies.jpgWhile the major interest in the Racing division at St Maarten's 2004
Heineken Regatta is focussed on the first head-to-head battle between
thetwo Z86's, Roy Disney's Pyewacket and Dr Hasso Plattner's Morning
Glory, theclass of the rest of the boats now entered into the racing division
shouldn't be ignored. Titan 12, Tom Hill's latest big boat, a Reichel
andPugh 75, should bring the America's Cup skills of the Caribbean's own
PeterHolmberg to the start line, where he will be looking to see if he can
showthe Z86's the way on handicap. Clay Deutch's Swan 68 Chippewa is always there or thereabouts and seems to get better year on year.  2004 sees thereturn of the green-hulled Donnybrook, a Santa Cruz 72, and back come Equation, the Andrews 68 turbo, and Mischievous, the Meritan 65. Joining them is the latest Highland Fling, a Carroll Marine 60 in fine racing form.   more...



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Consistency Was Key On Second Day of 2004 Acura SORC

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MIAMI BEACH, FL, February 27, 2004 - Three races were completed on the second day of the 2004 Acura SORC, raced just off Miami Beach, as the winds were blowing five-20 knots with higher gusts registered at times. HM King Harald V of Norway had an impressive day, registering a win on the second race of the day and moving from nineteenth to fifteenth place in the Farr 40 overall standings.

The Farr 40s had an exciting day on the Acura Course, now with six different boats tallying wins in the regatta. Peter De Ridder's Mean Machine overtook Jim Richardson's Barking Mad for first place in the overall standings, finishing third and fourth in the first two races of the day. Richardson sits in second place in the overall standings with 38 points. John Kilroy Jr.'s Samba Pa Ti, with 42 points, rounds out the top three. John Mac Lauren's Pendragon V notched a first place finish in the opening race of the day, while Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory took first in the day's final contest.    more...

 



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15 DAYS: Transatlantic on Beach Catamaran!

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A turbulent wind incites the as yet peaceful waters of Antwerp and is preparing to face the Atlantic. Young and brave at heart, Thomas Plog and Glenn Roothooft are about to defy the international sailing world by embarking upon a large-scale, ambitious enterprise.

 

During the spring season of 2003 they joined their aquatic masterminds and came up with a project that will soon invert the history of sailing. Their endeavour consists of nothing less than breaking the record Hans Bouscholte and Gérard Navarin set up at 15 days, 2 hours and 26 minutes when they ventured to cross the Atlantic in 1999.

 

Their record has remained unbeaten up until now, but if Glenn and Thomas have a say in it, it will soon vanish from the face of the earth. These creative daredevils present you with their smashing project.   more...

 

 

 



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Winds Bring Excitement on First day of 2004 Acura SORC

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MIAMI BEACH, FL, February 26, 2004 - At the first day of the 2004 Acura SORC a consistent breeze between 14 and 17 knots allowed for three races to be completed on an action-packed first day, raced just off Miami Beach.

The Farr 40s kept the action going on the Acura Course, with three different boats registering wins on Day One. Jim Richardson's Barking Mad took first place in the opening race and remains atop the class with nine points on the day. Peter De Ridder's Mean Machine trails closely with 11 points, tallying second and third place finishes. Steve and Fred Howe's Warpath notched a first place win in the second race, but rests in third place overnight.    more...

 



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Oh, Freedom

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For 132 years straight, the America's Cup was held in American hands, the longest winning streak in sports. The last successful defender of that tradition was a 12-Meter from a design firm that left an indelible mark on 20th century yachting, Sparkman & Stephens. The year was 1980, the boat was Freedom, and with Dennis Conner on the helm, Freedom defeated Australia four races to one.
 
Today, like so many other America's Cup yachts, Freedom is lovingly restored and actively sailed. But that is true only because Ernest Jacquet wanted Freedom, sought Freedom, and when he eventually found her—fallen on hard times—he argued long and hard to be allowed to buy her.

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ROGUE waves

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When SAIL decided to print something on rogue waves (October, 2003), the first question that came up among the editors was—what IS a rogue wave? Soon it became clear that "rogue wave" means different things to different people.

Faced with the job of making sense, or a bit of sense, of the jumble, I eventually decided that a rogue is any wave that is bigger, steeper, moving faster, or coming from an angle different from whatever the boat and crew were prepared for. In storm conditions a rogue can rise out of a wave train in which one wave overtakes another, and multiple waves build combined energy and height.

Big waves are frightening, but not necessarily dangerous unless they're breaking. Cross-pattern seas can be the most dangerous to meet.   more...

 



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"Maybe we have gone far enough South for the time being!"

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First Icebergs Observed

26 February 2004 -1710 GMT - 105 nm South of Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands, South Africa): Steve Fossett and crew aboard Cheyenne continued to press eastwards at 21-24 kts throughout the day Thursday along a direct course just S of 48 degrees South latitude, covering 537 miles over the past 24 hours (an average of 22.4 kts). Wind conditions remained steady and strong from the W/NW at 19 - 20 kts - and the wind chill factor is increasing. They know they will soon be nearer to Antarctica than to Africa.   more...


 



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Acura SORC - 2003 Winners Return To Defend Titles

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The Acura SORC which got underway yesterday will feature thrilling competition across all classes as some return to defend their Acura SORC titles, and others try to recapture the glory found in Key West.

The 63rd edition of the Acura SORC being raced off Miami Beach once again features racing on ocean courses with all shore side activities headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina.

Last year's Acura SORC and Farr 40 World Champion Massimo MEZZAROMA and Nerone return to defend their class championship against the likes of 2004 Key West Race Week champion Peter de Ridder and Mean Machine, Key West runner-up James Richardson's Barking Mad and 2003 Acura SORC Farr 40 2nd place finisher Hasso Plattner and Morning Glory.   more...

 



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IMPORTANT NOTICE - ANNUAL HOT STOVE MEETING

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26th - BAYVIEW YACHT CLUB – 7:30 p.m.

The Hot Stove Meeting is the time to ask questions and to discuss one another's views on improvements that might be considered for the coming year. It is also the time to bring forth items for the Course and Class Evaluation Committee to consider at their meetings. Your participation and input is greatly needed so we can make the best possible decisions for the 2004 sailing season!

Please remember if you have not paid your 2004 dues this will be your final mailing. Registrations were due February 5th. Please send your renewal.

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World Publications Leads the Way At Boating Writers Awards

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Winter Park, Florida - Cruising World magazine stood at the top of the class in the Boating Writers International Excellence in Boating Journalism Awards. Fellow World Publications titles Sport Fishing, Boating Life and Sailing World also earned prestigious honors as the awards were announced at the Miami International Boat Show.

Cruising World stole the BWI show, winning four categories. Overall, the magazine received eight top-three finishes in seven different writing categories for work published in 2003. No other marine publication had more total awards or first-place honors than Cruising World.   more...

 



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NOTICE: San Francisco NOOD

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During the past fourteen years Sailing World has partnered with the St. Francis Yacht Club to bring the NOOD Regatta to San Francisco and the Bay Area.  The St. Francis Yacht Club Race Committee, the club's sailing office and particularly its core group of volunteers, have worked very hard with us here at Sailing World to make the NOOD happen year after year.  That's why it is with great difficulty that we relay the following decision.

The Sailing Company, publishers of Sailing World, and World Publications LLC, our owners, have decided to discontinue bringing the NOOD Regatta to the St. Francis Yacht Club, effective this year.  We came to this decision after much consideration and with great reluctance, as the San Francisco NOOD, started in 1991, is one of our oldest events.   more...

 



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Orange on the starting blocks

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Bruno Peyron, skipper of the Orange II maxi-catamaran, will leave the Lorient harbour at 18:30 (local time) to head towards the Jules Verne Trophy starting line. The giant will probably start the clock during the night or tomorrow at dawn.

This new start should take place a few hours after Geronimo's. Bruno Peyron said: "We should encounter good conditions at the beginning, but we'll probably be slowed down in two to three days by a high which is blocking our path off the Canary Islands.   more...

 



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